September 21, 2018, Guest Blog, Fall Into Love ~
How I Became an Author of Erotica
Hint: It was an accident…
by Simone Leigh
So…. people ask, how did you end up as an Author of Erotica?
And d’you know… it was accidental.
Not becoming a writer, you understand. That was anything but accidental. I knew by the time I was eight, that one day I would earn my crust by writing. But specifically, an author of Erotica? I never saw that coming.
So, what happened?
I’m English and had the dream of owning my home. I had the mortgage, the business, and it was fun for a while.
Then, 2007 struck. Everything stopped being fun and instead of being a home-owning, self-employed worker, suddenly I was a mortgage slave. I could not work hard enough to pay for everything. And when you pay a mortgage using a credit card, something’s wrong.
So, we left the UK and moved to Spain, where you can live well on not-a-lot.
I was now free to start writing. With the aim of becoming a professional (i.e. ‘paid for my work’) author, I wrote books about rescue dogs. People bought a few copies, said how much they enjoyed them, and moved on. It was fun, but I earned very little and my partner was still hopping between Spain and the UK for weeks at a time. And he was complaining of being ‘lonely’ (if you get my drift….).
So, I wrote him a little story, to ‘keep him company’. The title, ‘Charlotte Chastised’, tells you most of what you want to know about the plot.
He loved it and asked for more.
And, in a spirit of adventure, I picked a pen name, uploaded to Amazon at 99¢ and…. it disappeared into a black hole. It never sold a copy. Not one.
I took a marketing course and a few weeks later, unpublished ‘Charlotte Chastised’, rewrote it with new character names, book cover, title, and a fresh pen-name, and republished on Kindle for Free, wanting to see if anyone would download it.
Lo and behold, it downloaded by the hundreds. I was so thrilled.
I wrote a sequel, again, pricing at Free. Would people who had read my first story, go on to read the sequel?
Yes, they did….
Finally, I wrote another sequel at 99¢.
Hallelujah! It sold, in respectable enough numbers that I could call myself a paid author.
And that is how I became an Author of Erotica….
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Author of Sensual, Romantic, Intelligent Erotica ~ Simone Leigh is English but has lived in Spain for the last few years. Here, she divides her time between working on her tan, decorating her beautiful villa, writing erotica and swimming naked in her swimming pool
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